Experts gather to debate the future of pensions saving in the aftermath of the general election

Where can you find dragons, politicians and young people all talking about the future of pensions? At Workplace Pensions Live 2015, where the pensions industry is gathering to debate and discuss a new world of saving in the aftermath of the general election.


Trustees, consultants, lawyers and scheme managers will join forces to tackle pressing issues such as how we can get rid of pensions jargon. The thorny problem of how to get young people saving for retirement will become even more important as we transfer fully into a defined contribution world; a panel will consider the conundrum.

A Dragons’ Den-style panel will quiz four hopeful contestants who think they can solve Britain’s saving problem. We’ll hear from a panel of trustee chairs who will help us pick apart the election results and speculate on what they might mean for pension schemes.

One week on from the General Election, outgoing MPs David Blunkett and David Willetts will give the inside scoop on the new government and will explain the impacts a minority government may have on pensions policy.

Trade union representatives have been on trustee boards for as long as we have had DB pensions. Our panel of union representatives will discuss trustee board dynamics and how to manage conflicts between their union duties and their trustee duties.

From sunny Birmingham, we will take a tour of the globe looking at the pensions systems in Ireland, America, the Netherlands and Australia and find out once and for all whether the shift to freedoms has the UK moving in the wrong direction.

Throughout both days of conference, battles are likely as the DC stream fight it out on how to design pension schemes in a post-freedom world. Should different cohorts of savers be put into different flightpaths, or is it all about getting the right ‘one size fits all’ default fund?

Over on the DB side, investment experts will give their top tips on how schemes can achieve a better balance sheet.

A panel of legal eagles will be on hand to explain the legal implications of the new pension freedoms, and answer any questions trustees or scheme managers might have.

Finally, Nick Hewer, of Apprentice, Countdown and auto-enrolment adverts fame, will be giving his personal impressions of the pensions universe, and if we’re lucky, a glimpse of that famous eyebrow.


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